When most people think of playground safety, sun protection is not always their first thought. With immediate physical dangers left and right, skin protection can be far from the forefront of our minds. But skin protection is paramount! Even one bad sunburn can double your child’s risk for melanoma or skin cancer later in life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15, which blocks 93 percent of UVB rays. Even in the colder months, UV rays can reflect off sand, water, snow, and even concrete. These damaging rays can also penetrate through clouds on overcast days. If you spend more time outside in the cooler weather, remember that basic sun protection tips still apply, even reapplication! Tightly weaved clothing is a great physical barrier between skin and the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays, and hats and sunglasses are also still recommended during winter by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Staying out of the sun during peak times and staying in the shade are also great tips to avoid skin damage.
Setting a Good Example
Children between 11 and 14 are at a critical age for developing opinions about tanning and sun safety. Good values now could be life-saving as they enter adulthood and setting a good example can go a long way. Always have sunscreen available and be aware of shady spots when playing outside. Those who were not taught to wear sunscreen as young children are more likely to skip sunscreen as teenagers. Tanned skin is damaged skin, according to the CDC, and sunscreen is not a safety net to allow your children to play in the sun more than usual. Alternate different methods of sun protection and educate your little ones on the importance of sun protection.
You may have heard the buzzword in many skincare product commercials, but what exactly are they and how do they affect children’s skin? These reactive molecules are generated from cells’ normal metabolism, as well as environmental factors such as smoking, pollution, and ultraviolet radiation. Antioxidants assist in stopping this notorious cell damage which in turn prevents aging of the skin — wrinkles, and fine lines. In children, antioxidants help prevent discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
The experts at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta will help you mitigate all your skin care processes. Not only do our services prevent the free-radical damage, but they also enhance the effectiveness of skincare products. For more information about skin cancer treatment in Atlanta, please contact us today!